Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant, was shot 41 times by four police officers in 1999. In response, Talib Kweli organized the Hip Hop for Respect music project to speak out against police brutality, assembling 41 emcees to represent the 41 shots fired. Now, 15 years later, and in the wake of the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and countless others, Talib continues to speak out against the militarization of the police force, the prison industrial complex and institutionalized racism. Considered one of the most lyrically gifted and socially aware rappers of our time, Kweli feels that hip-hop artists have a responsibility to the communities that support their careers. When he takes the stage at San Francisco's Castro Theatre, the rapper -- best known as one half of influential rap duos Black Star and Reflection Eternal -- will discuss what he's learned from 20 years in the music business. Kweli will also speak on the connection between hip hop and civil rights and recount his own experiences from the front lines of the Ferguson, MO demonstrations.